Name: Irish Chaplaincy
Address: 50/52 Camden Square. NW1 9XB
We are a leading and innovative charity that provides high quality services and support to excluded, vulnerable and isolated Irish emigrants in Britain.
The reality of life in Britain today for many Irish emigrants is not the migrant’s dream. Many of those who came to England in the 1950’s are now elderly and facing isolation and severe poverty; Irish Travellers are one of the most marginalised groups in our society, encountering much racism and prejudice; and we estimate that over 1000 Irish men and women are in custody, making us the second largest ethnic minority group in the prison system today.
The good news is, with your help, we are making a difference:
176 vulnerable older Irish people visited regularly across London.
For many this will be the only visitor they receive. These visits often lead onto more detailed casework, intervening in serious problems with housing, health and benefits agencies.
850 Irish Traveller prisoners receiving support
The Travellers Project focuses on improving the situation of Irish Travellers in prison in England and Wales. Aside from our work in prisons, the Travellers Project continues to campaign on issues affecting Irish Travellers nationally, particularly in relation to discrimination, planning law and site provision.
650 Irish prisoners are on our books
We visit over 400 of these each year. We also receive 2,500 calls to our helpline and undertake over 1650 casework actions on prisoners’ behalf.
Our aim is to galvanise the whole Irish community to work together to improve the lives of those we encounter in our work and ensure that no member of our community is forgotten.
“The Irish Chaplaincy in Britain is a very dedicated organisation deeply committed to the service of our Irish emigrants. It journeys especially with those for whom the experience of emigration has not been a positive one. It daily makes real to our people, far from home, the caring arm of the Irish Catholic Church”
(Bishop Seamus Hegarty, Irish Episcopal Council for Emigrants and ICB Patron)
Our ethos as a faith-based organisation rooted in the Catholic tradition leads us to do this in a spirit of justice and solidarity, and with the ambition to inspire hope in those who are with us on this journey.